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Hamstring strains (thigh muscles)

Hamstring injuries (muscle group at the back of your thigh) occur rather often in football. Most hamstring strains occur without impact or contact with another player during sprinting or acceleration.

Symptoms vary according to the severity as you can tear or rupture the whole muscle or only parts of it. Hamstring injuries occur more often with a previous hamstring injury and weak thigh muscles.

Symptoms and signs:
• Popping or cracking at the time of injury, sudden pain down the back of the leg.
• Pain, swelling and bruising of the posterior thigh
• Walking is affected, and flexing (bending) the knee causes pain

First aid
Apply PRICE to the injured thigh (knee in maximal flexion).